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Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
© Clive Barda

Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. Salonen is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. This season will find him as the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, a three-year position. He is Artistic Director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Salonen takes the Philharmonia Orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms, on tour in Switzerland and France, and will lead the “Myths and Rituals” festival, an exploration of Stravinsky's work that continues into next season. He will make guest appearances with the North German and Bavarian radio symphony orchestras; the New York, Vienna, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Orchestre de Paris, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in addition to conducting Strauss's Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera, and Bartók's Le Château de Barbe-Bleue and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine at the Paris Opera.

Salonen's work combines intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. His pieces for symphony orchestra include LA Variations (1996), Foreign Bodies (2001), Insomnia (2002), Wing on Wing (2004), and Nyx (2011), as well as two concertos: for pianist Yefim Bronfman and for violinist Leila Josefowicz. The latter was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and was featured in a 2014 international Apple ad campaign for iPad. In 2014 the Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra, where he was the first-ever Creative Chair, premiered Karawane for orchestra and chorus, to great acclaim. Karawane will be performed this season by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. 

Salonen and the Philharmonia have curated landmark multi-disciplinary projects, such as the award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which allow the public to conduct, play, and step inside the Philharmonia with Salonen through audio and video projections. Salonen also drove the development of an app for iPad, The Orchestra, which allows the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. 

(As of August 3, 2015)


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Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2 in c-Moll 'Auferstehung'
Orchestre de Paris; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Romeo Castellucci

StockholmEsa-Pekka Salonen & Mahler's Second

Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2 in c-Moll 'Auferstehung'
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Nina Stemme; Miah Persson; Julia Kretz

ChicagoSalonen Conducts Ravel & Stravinsky

Shaw, Ravel, Dessner, Strawinsky
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Pekka Kuusisto
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LondonMahler 3

Philharmonia Orchestra
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 3 in d-Moll
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Michelle DeYoung; Philharmonia Voices; Tiffin Boys' Choir

HamburgNDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Esa-Pekka Salonen

Salonen, Berlioz
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Mahlers Neunte mit Salonen stimmt nachdenklich in der Elbphilharmonie

Nach einem reichen, erfüllenden Musikeindruck bleiben auch Fragen zur Ausführung und Interpretation zurück.

Das Philharmonia Orchestra spielt mit entwaffnender Überzeugungskraft

Das London Orchester unter Esa-Pekka Salonen zeigt bei seinem Gastspiel in Berlin alle Facetten Mahlers auf.

Salonen und Elbphilharmonie Orchester entführen nach Island

Mit der Uraufführung von Haukur Tómassons Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 sowie Werken von Charles Ives, Anna Thorvaldsdottir und Igor Strawinsky zeigt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester sein Können in der Musik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts

Esa-Pekka Salonen, un compositeur-interprète inspiré à la Philharmonie

Esa-Pekka Salonen enfile une double casquette de chef-compositeur et présente son œuvre Karawane avant d'enchaîner au podium pour une grande version de Daphnis et Chloé de Ravel avec l'Orchestre de Paris.

Les geysers de Dessner et Bartók emportent la Philharmonie

L'Orchestre de Paris retrouve Nina Stemme et Gerald Finley pour une de leurs œuvres fétiches, Le Château de Barbe-Bleue. Pekka Kuusisto donne la création française du Concerto de Bryce Dessner.

Un phénix sur la Baltique : Esa-Pekka Salonen fait revivre Stockholm

Après dix-huit mois de concerts sans public, Berwaldhallen revient à la vie avec le Baltic Sea Festival et son formidable concert d'ouverture, aussi intelligent que bouleversant.